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Toseland out to rediscover confidence

After a slow start in Sepang and Qatar, James Toseland is confident he will prove competitive again during the final group test of the MotoGP pre-season at Jerez this weekend.

Toseland's confidence on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha has been rocked by a high-speed accident in Malaysia, one that left him on the back foot for the remainder of that test in Sepang and again at Losail.

Nonetheless, Toseland insists he is overcoming the after-effects of the fall, making a breakthrough in performance during the final night of testing at Qatar to prove just over a second slower than team-mate Colin Edwards.

With that in mind, Toseland says he just needs more time on the Yamaha M1 to regain his rhythm and the Jerez test is an ideal opportunity to prepare for the start of the new season.

“It wasn't easy in our last test in Qatar but on the last night I felt like we were finding a good direction and I was certainly feeling a lot more comfortable on the bike.

"The crash in Sepang hit my confidence and it took me a while to find my rhythm, but I feel I can go much faster now. I just need time on the bike which will start in Jerez.”

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lmfao - Unregistered

March 25, 2009 2:36 AM

Rawdawg suddenly went quiet like 8 hrs ago on this story when confronted with the truth he shut up because he knew he couldnt argue the case anymore so he sign out and signed in as rootin tootin ricky hahaha thinking we wouldnt know but the game is up Rawdawg u aint fooling me :p :p :p :p


March 24, 2009 11:28 AM

What a load of rubbish! In the 500cc days of the 80's and 90's, guys like Gardner and Schwantz could highside more than once in a weekend and still win or podium. And this guy needs multiple test to get his confidence back? Is this how racers have evolved? Give me a break! Bring back the real racers! I can see now that if old man Colin dusts him this test he may never get his "confidence" back.

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